Flea Treatment News on February 11, 2010

February 11, 2010
Bayer opens flea product sales to retail outlets: Bayer Animal Health announced Tuesday an end to its decades-old … http://bit.ly/cnfOE4
– Bayer will not longer allow exclusive distribution by veterinarians for a couple of its flea control products.February 11, 2010
Take Action: Demand EPA Disclose All Pesticide Ingredients, Including “Inerts”
– Disclosure is something that I agree with when it comes to flea control and all pesticides.February 11, 2010
EPA Sued for Failure to Protect Endangered Species from Pesticides
– Pesticide issues hurt the environment, animals, and us!

EPA Wants Your Comments

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requesting public comment on options for disclosing inert ingredients in pesticides. In this anticipated rule making, EPA is seeking ideas for greater disclosure of inert ingredient identities. Inert ingredients are part of the end use product formulation and are not active ingredients. Revealing inert ingredients will help consumers make informed decisions and will better protect public health and the environment.

“Consumers deserve to know the identities of ingredients in pesticide formulations, including inert ingredients,” said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. “Disclosing inert ingredients in pesticide products, especially those considered to be hazardous, will empower consumers and pesticide users to make more informed choices.”

EPA believes public disclosure is one way to discourage the use of hazardous inert ingredients in pesticide formulations. The agency is inviting comment on various regulatory and voluntary steps to achieve this broader disclosure.

Pesticide manufacturers usually disclose their inert ingredients only to EPA. Currently, EPA evaluates the safety of all ingredients in a product’s formulation when determining whether the pesticide should be registered.

On October 1, 2009, EPA responded to two petitions (one by Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, and a second by several state attorneys general), that designated more than 350 inert pesticide ingredients as hazardous. The petitioners asked EPA to require that these ingredients be identified on the labels of products that include them in their formulations.

EPA will accept comments on the advance notice of proposed rulemaking for 60 days after it has been published in the Federal Register.

More information: http://www.epa.gov/opprd001/inerts/index.htm

Training Fleas (Video)

I have not found the source for this trained flea video (ad for Playstation) but since I am into animal behavior I thought it was interesting. Not sure if it is true but it captured my curiosity.

Fleas can live long periods without feeding but passing the conditioning on to the next generation brings lots of questions to mind. If you know someone who has the answers–send them this way.

  • How old were the fleas when they were placed in the jar?
  • What species of flea are in the jar?
  • Who conducted the experiment and why?
  • How many generations of fleas did they look at?

Cat Flea Bath Tips

Earlier this week I shared a video on cat flea treatment by bathing your cat but there are a few other tips I thought might be useful.

One of the common mistakes people make is to think that their pet needs a bath every day or every week. This is not true and be irritating and drying.

Cats will self-groom, and many will bath each other, but older cats and kittens cannot often deal with flea infestations. If there is a flea infestation you might bath once a week for two weeks or so but normally felines don’t need to be bathed every week.

Once you have the flea infestation under control you can bath your cat once a month or so if you want. Many grooming salons also offer cat services. Ideally use one that specializes in felines since too many barking or whining dogs might stress your critter out.

If you are not taking your cat to a specialist, take the time to trim your pet’s claws first since cat nail trimming helps reduce scratches during the bath.

Cat Flea Bath Tips:

  • Use the bathtub but I prefer the kitchen sink for ease of handling the cat.
  • Provide a grip mat so the animal doesn’t slip and has something for footing–unless your cat is more cooperative without leverage!
  • Use a spray nozzle to help you (plus they dislodge fleas).
  • Collect all your bathing tools and place them within arms reach (shampoo, towels, bath mat, brush, comb, crate).
  • Warm the room so your feline stays warm. This is especially important when bathing kittens or senior cats.
  • Test the water to make sure it is warm and not too hot or cold for your feline.
  • Wear an apron, and if you think your cat is going to protest, heavier garments.
  • Suds quickly and be careful to keep suds out of the pets eyes and ears.
  • Massage for 10-15 minutes and use the nozzle to dislodge fleas when you rinse.
  • Rinse completely.
  • Towel dry and keep the cat in a warm room immediately after the bath.

Remember, a flea treatment bath is only part of the process. To eliminate fleas you must treat the home, yard, and animal at the same time using the triangle of successful flea contol and the strategies outlined in Flea Control Secrets.